3 May 2011
Total is the debut studio album by French electronic artist SebastiAn. The album was released in Europe on May 30, 2011, and in North America on June 7, 2011 by Ed Banger Records.
The cover art was photographed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The image of SebastiAn kissing himself has sparked some controversy, misunderstanding and confusion among fans and viewers. SebastiAn elucidates the cover art in an interview:
I rarely do things for a specific reason: for a start, the idea of a double kissing itself represents my vision of the artistic posture; it’s a type of serious joke on the relationship that an artist has with his ego. Also, my first covers were a tracing of my face, so I wanted to follow that idea with a photograph while adding something new. When you play a game, you should play it all the way or not at all. So, for instance, even if you don't like your face you should embrace it, emphasise it, even! The choice of black and white is to break with the often very colourful graphics of techno. The cover signed by Mondino symbolises the total desire of the creator, the absolute ego of the artist who kisses and devours himself.
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